Poverty, Backwardness And Ignorance Are Muslims' Main Enemies, Says PM
He said the three elements had placed many Muslim nations behind in terms of development compared to the Western countries (picture on the left is taken from kickdefella).
Abdullah, who is also the Organisation of the Islamic Conference chairman, stressed on the need for human capital development to give strength to the Muslim nations to fight the three destructive elements.
"When we look at illiteracy, it happens in the Muslim nations. The same goes for poverty. When we talk about conflicts, they largely occur in the Muslim world too.
"The Muslims should not be illiterate as learning is a must for them," he said when launching the Dewan Amal Islami (Damai) at the Putra World Trade Centre, here tonight.
Also present at the function were Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin, Deputy Information Minister who is also Damai chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.
Abdullah, who is also Patron 1 of Damai, said Malaysia's success in development had attracted the attention of other Muslim countries which wanted to make it as a model Muslim country.
The Prime Minister said the success was due to the moderate approach taken as well as the spirit of tolerance and consensus adopted through power sharing between the Muslim and non-Muslim leaders in administering the country.
"In this context, I hope the political stability and peace prevailing in the country will enable us to bring greater development to the people and Islam," he said.
On the establishment of Damai, the umbrella body for all Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country which undertake activities aimed at developing human capital among the Ummah, Abdullah hoped it would achieve its objectives as a whole.
The Prime Minister also wanted the Muslims to work with other races to preserve the country's excellence that was achieved since its independence 50 years ago.
At the same time, the intellectuals, entrepreneurs and scientists as well as the private sector should work together to nurture the young Muslim generation so that they would have the characteristics to compete globally, he said.
"This is because they are the future generation who would take the country to greater heights," he said.
Damai, which was mooted by Abdullah, groups 95 Islamic welfare bodies and 538 non-governmental organisations that are registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia and the Registrar of Societies.
Its mission is to strengthen understanding of the various dimensions of Islamic movements through the organisation of numerous Syariah-based activities.